Japan Inflation Hits Zero

TODAY: March 27, 2015 PUB DATE: March 27, 2015

TOKYO--Japan's drift back toward deflation, two years after launching a radical monetary policy experiment to cure the affliction, underscores the continuing difficulties in pulling the world's third-largest economy out of its long slump. The government said Friday its most closely ...

Singapore Dollar Strengthens Despite Expectations for Easing

TODAY: March 27, 2015 PUB DATE: March 27, 2015

By Jake Maxwell Watts SINGAPORE-Ahead of Singapore's central bank meeting next month that many analysts say will result in easier monetary policy for a second time this year, the local currency is doing something strange: it's strengthening. Anticipation for such ...

Crude Futures Fall in Asia, Get Support From Yemen Conflict

TODAY: March 27, 2015 PUB DATE: March 27, 2015

Crude-oil futures fell by about 2% in Asian trade Friday on some profit-taking, but prices are still supported by the escalating conflict in Yemen, traders said. On the New York Mercantile Exchange, light, sweet crude futures for delivery in May ...

Retail trade increased in February -2-

TODAY: March 27, 2015 PUB DATE: March 27, 2015

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Ending Preferential Treatment of Debt Would Help Financial Stability

TODAY: March 27, 2015 PUB DATE: March 27, 2015

FRANKFURT--Ending the preferential treatment of debt would be a big help to financial stability, said European Central Bank Governing Council member Jens Weidmann in a speech Friday. In remarks to a conference, Mr. Weidmann invoked American founding father Benjamin Franklin's ...

MARKET SNAPSHOT: U.S. Stocks On Track For Big Weekly Loss

TODAY: March 27, 2015 PUB DATE: March 27, 2015

By Anora Mahmudova and Sara Sjolin, MarketWatch GDP data unchanged in fourth quarter NEW YORK (MarketWatch)--U.S. stocks moved between small gains and losses Friday, with the main indexes looking set to finish the week with hefty losses. Ahead of the ...

German Fin Min Schaeuble Points to Flaw In Finance Officials View

TODAY: March 27, 2015 PUB DATE: March 27, 2015

By Todd Buell FRANKFURT--German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said it isn't fair for international finance officials to support European Central Bank quantitative easing, while at the same time criticizing Germany's current account surplus, given that the former causes the latter ...

March Consumer Sentiment Index Slips From February

TODAY: March 27, 2015 PUB DATE: March 27, 2015

U.S. consumer optimism fell in March as slightly higher gasoline prices and bad weather weighed on lower income households. The University of Michigan final March sentiment index registered at 93.0, up from the preliminary reading of 91.2 but below the ...

Russia Deputy Fin Min: No Reasons Yet to Up 2015 Oil Price Forecast

TODAY: March 27, 2015 PUB DATE: March 27, 2015

MOSCOW--Russia's finance ministry sees no reasons yet to raise its forecast for the average oil price for this year, the country's deputy finance minister said on Friday. Earlier this year, the finance ministry halved its forecast for the average price ...

China's Big Banks Double Their Write-offs--Update

TODAY: March 27, 2015 PUB DATE: March 27, 2015

By Dinny McMahon BEIJING--Faced with growing numbers of bad loans, China's biggest banks are ramping up efforts to get rid of them. China's major banks last year wrote or spun off more than twice what they did in 2013 to ...

Balance Of Power Shifts In Groceries

TODAY: March 27, 2015 PUB DATE: March 27, 2015

(FROM THE WALL STREET JOURNAL 3/27/15) By Leslie Josephs and Annie Gasparro Orders for organic burritos, Thai stir-fry and other frozen products from Amy's Kitchen Inc. have been growing so quickly that late last year the company bought a second ...

New Services Cloud AT&T's Bet on Pay TV

TODAY: March 27, 2015 PUB DATE: March 27, 2015

By Thomas Gryta AT&T; Inc. knew it was buying a melting ice cube when it agreed to acquire satellite-TV company DirecTV last year for $49 billion. But recent moves by HBO, Apple Inc. and the National Football League have turned ...

Republican-Controlled Senate Clears Budget Plan

TODAY: March 27, 2015 PUB DATE: March 27, 2015

Associated Press WASHINGTON--Republicans muscled a balanced-budget plan through the Senate early Friday, positioning Congress to address the party's goals of reduced spending and dismantling President Barack Obama's health-care law. Working into Friday's predawn hours, senators approved the blueprint by a ...

Euro's Slide Buoys European Stocks

TODAY: March 27, 2015 PUB DATE: March 27, 2015

European stocks rose Friday, reversing a two-session sell off, supported by a fresh slide in the euro that buoyed shares in the region's major exporters. Global stocks had suffered sharp declines over the previous two days, burdened by downbeat economic ...

Italy January Industrial Orders Drop Reverses Strong December

TODAY: March 27, 2015 PUB DATE: March 27, 2015

By Liam Moloney ROME--Italian industrial orders fell in January pulled lower by foreign demand, reversing a strong climb in the previous month. Industrial orders fell 3.6% on the month, reversing a 4.5% gain in December, national statistics institute Istat said ...